Gigliotti earns Preseason Perfect Game/Rawlings All-American Honors
Monday, January 9, 2017
By Kirk Downs
Gigliotti earns Preseason Perfect Game/Rawlings All-American Honors

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Lipscomb center fielder Michael Gigliotti earned second team honors on the 2017 Perfect Game/Rawlings Preseason College All-American list released Monday. He was the only ASUN Conference player selected.

The honor is the first heading into the 2017 season for the outfielder.

Gigliotti followed up his stellar Freshman All-American season in 2015 with an injury-plagued campaign in his second season in Nashville, but it was still good enough to earn him First Team All-Conference honors for a second straight year.

“I think this comes as no surprise to those who have been around Michael, “Lipscomb head coach Jeff Forehand said. “He has had two really good years for us and then followed that up with a really great summer in the Cape Cod. So now we are starting to see others recognize what we’ve known all along.

“This is such an honor for him and for our school. We are certainly looking forward to what this season brings for him”

The junior speedster raked .301 at the dish with three home runs, 24 RBI, 31 walks and 15 stolen bases. Even with him missing a handful of games, Gigliotti still managed to lead the nation in bunt singles for a second year in a row with 17.

He also led the ASUN with five triples and finished second with 55 runs scored.

Gigliotti carried his talents north to the prestigious Cape Cod League over the summer and showcased his dynamic ability all the way to the Robert A. McNeese Award, given annually to the league’s top pro prospect.

The recognition comes on the heels of Gigliotti being listed as the No. 13 player on D1Baseball.com’s top-100 draft prospect rankings alongside teammate Brady Puckett who came in at No. 61.

Gigliotti was also named to MLB.com’s top-50 prospect list at No. 23.

Lipscomb opens its season Feb. 17-19 at the friendly confines of Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium with a three-game stand against Oakland.